Merseyside Police Force has taken the generous step of signing up all of its police dogs as potential donors to help provide injured pets with the gift of life. All of the force’s dogs will carry donor cards for Britain’s first tissue bank for pets.

Merseyside Police Force has taken the generous step of signing up all of its police dogs as potential donors to help provide injured pets with the gift of life.

Merseyside policeNow, all of the force’s dogs will carry donor cards and in the event of the sad demise of any one of the dogs, Veterinary Tissue Bank (VTB) – Britain’s first tissue bank for pets – will be provided with soft tissue and bone from the donor to provide grafts to provide life-saving surgery to other injured pets.   

Mirroring the same principles and many of the supply problems as human tissue donation, the tissue bank needs owners to come forward to donate their deceased pets’ soft tissue and bone tissue so that it can be supplied to vets throughout the UK and Europe for allograft surgery.

Merseyside police dog Tex with constable Paul Hughes.Inspector Matthew Boyle, head of Merseyside Police Dog Section, said: “Our officers enjoy a very close bond with their dogs and place great emphasis on the quality of life that these dogs experience.

“The entire section is behind this initiative, understanding that their dog will go on to give new life to a canine patient in need,” he said.

Veterinary Tissue Bank is hoping to encourage more pet owners to register their pets as donors.

Dr Peter Myint of VTB said: “We hope owners will find comfort at their time of bereavement from the knowledge that they are able to help another pet in need through their gift of tissue donation.”
 

  • For more information on becoming a donor contact VTB on 01691 778769 or visit www.vtbank.org
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